What Dan Won't Prosecute

With 10 years of legislative experience in Albany, Dan understands the relationship between the enactment of laws and the enforcement of laws far better than anyone other candidate for Manhattan District Attorney. As a legislator, Dan led legislation to reform our criminal justice system, like decriminalizing the possession of gravity knives in New York State because the statute was a racist law that served no public safety purpose. 

As District Attorney, Dan will continue this work, and decline to prosecute low-level charges that serve no public safety goal and instead largely incarcerate Black and brown New Yorkers.  When laws are unjust, he will refuse to prosecute them, and he will work with legislators to repeal them. 

The bottom line is this: Dan will focus resources on prosecuting economic crimes and violent crimes that harm our communities. 

Here’s some of what Dan won’t prosecute:

  • Simple trespassing, without criminal intent
  • Disorderly conduct without any other charge
  • Possession of alcohol by a minor
  • Drug possession for personal use
  • Resisting arrest without any other charge
  • Marijuana possession or sale
  • Turnstile jumping
  • Burglary in the third degree – Dan won’t default to using the felony bump-up simply because a larceny occurred inside a building
  • Loitering for the purpose of gambling, prostitution, or busking
  • Vast majority of welfare fraud and possession of stolen property
  • Consensual sex work and associated charges
  • Won’t prosecute people experiencing homelessness with trespassing charges
  • Possession of graffiti instruments
  • Fortune telling
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Gambling charges
  • Obscenity
  • Adultery

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